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Let There Be Light ...

The Enlightenment was an intellectual current that galvanized Europe during the course of the 18th century. Centred in Paris, it spread itself across the whole of Europe to the American colonies. Networks of writers and thinkers gave the 18th century a remarkable intellectual coherence.

In all of the major European tongues, the age knew itself as one of light: the Enlightenment, ['age des lumieres, die

Aufklarung, illuminismo.

The intellectuals of the Enlightenment felt themselves to be part of a great movement representing the highest aspirations and possibilities of mankind. They were reformers who believed their cause was best served by the new passion for argument, criticism and debate.

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